Integrating environment into evaluations [video]

This Evaluation Practice Exchange Seminar was organized by the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) in cooperation with the Footprint Evaluation project of BetterEvaluation and the Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI).

The session explores how evaluations, where the evaluand is not an environmental program, can take full account of the environment, drawing on practical experiences from the Footprint Evaluation project and considerations from non-environmental agencies.

This webinar took place on November 16, 2021.


About this webinar

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. The attendant Sustainable Development Goals rest on three equally important pillars, the economic, social and environmental. In practice, however, the environmental dimension is often treated as an afterthought when it comes to policies, programs and evaluation.

A stocktaking by the UNEG Working Group on Integrating Environmental and Social Impact into Evaluations (ESI) revealed that, in particular, environmental aspects were inadequately covered in most evaluations by UNEG members. In the past year, the ESI Working Group has focused its efforts to starting to develop guidance that would help UNEG members to enhance their performance in this respect.

This EPE session is organized in cooperation with the Footprint Evaluation project of the Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI), which shares the same objectives of ensuring that evaluations where the evaluand is not an environmental program take full account of the environment.

Agenda and handouts

  • Moderator: Juha Uitto, GEF
  • Introduction – Michael Spilsbury, UNEP

Proposed elements for a guidance to integrate environment into evaluations

Footprint Evaluation: learning from practical experience

Considerations from non-environmental agencies

Feedback from the audience on proposed guidance elements & discussion